Reuben Saltzman

How to Inspect Your Own Home

You’re a diligent homeowner and you put in the hours to have a well-maintained home. You’re a firm believer in home maintenance and you regularly inspect your own home. Right? We’re here help you with all that. I put together a 9-part series on inspections for homeowners many years ago, and I’m excited to share a single document that compiles all of that information, titled How to Inspect Your Own Home.

How to Inspect Your Own Home

I encourage you to download this free document and share it. No catches, no email capture, no tracking. Enjoy.

And now the hook

Since writing that 9-part series on how to inspect our own home, we’ve had dozens of requests for home maintenance check-ups. Not a full-blown home inspection, but a simple maintenance check-up, where we do the maintenance inspection for you. We tested out a program like that last year, but it was only available to our previous clients. This year, for a limited time only, we’re opening up these Annual Property Reviews to all homeowners in the Twin Cities, starting at only $200.

The Annual Property Review includes:

  • The exterior of the home, including examining the roof, chimney, siding, windows, and doors
  • Exterior water management–where does water go after it leaves the roof?
  • All intake and exhaust terminals (dryer, bath fans, kitchen fan, HRV, combustion air, etc.)
  • Exterior faucets – are they winterized?
  • Sump system
  • Smoke and CO alarms
  • Plumbing system for leaks
  • Combustion appliances
  • Attic

The review takes about an hour and afterward we deliver a written report with photos, similar to our home inspection reports. We also give a free subscription to HomeBinder, which is an awesome home-management tool to help keep track of all the details of your home.

We are currently scheduling property reviews now through mid-February. If you’re interested, please email us at, or simply call our office directly to schedule an appointment. Our office number is 952-915-6466. 

Author: Reuben SaltzmanStructure Tech Home Inspections

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No responses to “How to Inspect Your Own Home”

  1. diane
    November 13, 2018, 9:44 am

    Great idea ! Thanks for offering this.
    I’ve looked for something similar for many years.
    I do have 1 question:
    How knowledgeable are you and your team regarding “green” building technologies and techniques — I’m thinking of the non-traditional stuff like downspout to rain barrels, and the radiant floor heat systems plus the different HVAC/air handling of the newer super-insulated houses.

  2. Reuben Saltzman
    November 14, 2018, 5:44 am

    Hi Diane,

    We have a good working knowledge of green technologies, but I’d say most home inspectors do. I can’t think of any “green” technologies that are substantially different from things that we already have that don’t get labeled green. When it comes to a home inspection, I can’t think of anything that we would inspect differently for a super-insulated house. While sizing of the HVAC system will certainly be different, getting into the proper sizing would fall well outside the scope of a home inspection.

  3. Chuck
    November 14, 2018, 1:48 pm

    Can you bring back the RSS feed? I enjoy reading your blog posts but don’t need yet another account for specificfeeds when RSS works great.

  4. Reuben Saltzman
    November 15, 2018, 11:35 am

    Does this work?

  5. Chuck
    November 20, 2018, 2:11 pm

    It seems to work sometimes, other times it returns a 403 error.

  6. Dianne
    November 19, 2018, 3:10 pm

    My question is regarding home buyer inspections. Do you or staff have the expertise to inspect and comment on foundation and water issues? House I’m thinking of had cracks in the foundation which was supposedly fixed a couple of years ago. It had new grading and supports put in as well as a sump pump, but no drainage tile, and continues to have water issues in one corner of the basement.

  7. Reuben Saltzman
    November 19, 2018, 3:35 pm

    Hi Dianne,

    We’re not foundation experts, but we’re qualified to inspect them and give an opinion. We’ll refer to a foundation specialist if we don’t know, but we take every one of those recommendations seriously, and only make those recommendations when we have to. Please come back here tomorrow to read my blog post that will be published on 11/20/2018. It’ll be on that topic.

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